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Singapore GP practice & are you sick of Raikkonen?
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  1. First practice 09:30 BST
  2. Get involved #bbcf1: Are you sick of Kimi Raikkonen?
  3. Second practice 13:30 (BST)

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Are you fed up of Kimi Raikkonen?

    Kimi Raikkonen. A man who certainly divided opinion among F1 fans, including our BBC F1 team.

    One member of the team has a Ferrari cap and is a big Raikkonen fan, while someone else (that would be me) is fed up with his constant grumpiness, miserable demeanour and underperforming in a fantastic car (he has not won a race in more than five years).

    So now it is your chance to have your say…

    Are you fed up of Kimi Raikkonen?

    Fantastic driver? Superb team-mate? A unique character that F1 needs? Over-rated and underperforming? Too old?

    Well, you tell us. Get involved via #bbcf1 and we will post your messages in this page today.

  2. ‘Raikkonen had his chances’

    BBC 5 live analyst Jolyon Palmer, who raced for Renault last season, is one of those not too happy with Raikkonen getting another two years in the sport.

  3. Post update

    So what of 38-year-old Kimi Raikkonen? Well he returns to Sauber, who he raced for in 2001.

    He was in traditional grumpy / not wanting to talk mode at yesterday’s news conference.

  4. Leclerc expects 2019 title challenge

    Charles Leclerc

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    New Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says he expects to be a title contender in his first season at the team in 2019 if the car is good enough. The 20-year-old will partner Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next year after the team chose him over Kimi Raikkonen.

    “My target is to do the best job with the car they have,” said Leclerc. “This year they have a car to win the title. If next year it is the same, obviously [the target] will be to win the title, which is a big thing.”

    However, the Monegasque, who has impressed in his debut season with Sauber this year, admitted it would be “pretentious” to say he definitely can win races and titles in the future.

    “This is definitely the target,” he said. “I don’t know whether I will achieve that or not but one thing for sure is I will give my absolute maximum. I have seen a lot of people who are doubting the decision, which is completely normal and I understand that but I will just try to prove these people wrong and do the best job possible.

  5. ‘Leclerc could be phenomenal’

  6. Leclerc and Raikkonen swap seats

    Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of this season and rejoin Sauber.

    The 38-year-old Finn will be replaced at Ferrari by 20-year-old Monaco-born Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, who will partner Sebastian Vettel in 2019. Raikkonen has spent five years at Ferrari in his second spell at the Italian team.

    He has signed a two-year contract with Sauber, where he made his Formula 1 debut in 2001.

    Kimi Raikkonen

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  7. Post update

    Then there was this little bit of news…

  8. Find out more about Lando…

    Want to know some more about Lando Norris..

    He spoke to BBC Sport that being selected as Stoffel Vandoorne’s replacement for McLaren is a “childhood dream” and also talks about comparisons to Lewis Hamilton.

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    Video caption: Meet Lando Norris – McLaren’s new kid on the block
  9. ‘A dream come true’

    British teenager Lando Norris is to replace Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren after the Belgian driver announced he is to leave at the end of the season.

    Norris, 18, has been the team’s reserve driver and took part in first practice sessions in Belgium and Italy in 2018. He will partner Renault’s Carlos Sainz, who will replace Vandoorne’s retiring team-mate Fernando Alonso.

    “This is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality,” said Norris. “To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true.”

    Norris is a title challenger in the Formula 2 feeder series this year, sitting second in the championship having won on his debut from pole position.

    Lando Norris

    Copyright: Getty Images

  10. Post update

    Firstly, there was this…

  11. Post update

    It is two weeks since Lewis Hamilton overtook Kimi Raikkonen late on to take the victory in Monza and extend his championship lead to 30 points.

    So, anything been happening in Formula 1 since?

    Just a bit…

  12. Thanks for joining us

    Hello and welcome to BBC Sport’s live text commentary of the first two practice sessions before Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

    I’m Michael Emons and I will be guiding you through the action today.

    A Singapore street race at night under floodlights is one of the most spectacular sights of the F1 season and with tight walls and high humidity it is one of the most difficult challenges of the year for the drivers. Stay tuned, it is going to be fun.

  13. Remember this?

    It was one of the most dramatic moments of the 2017 season.

    A spectacular opening-corner crash involving Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and title-chasing Sebastian Vettel, with all three wiped out of the race.

    We are back in Singapore this weekend so what drama lies ahead over the next three days?

    Singapore

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